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General liability insurance

General liability insurance covers common risks like customer injuries, customer property damage, and advertising injuries. It protects your business from the high costs of lawsuits and helps you qualify for leases and contracts.

General liability protects against common risks

If you or an employee at your consulting firm accidentally damages client property, your business could be held liable. General liability insurance helps cover costs related to third-party property damage.

It also covers medical bills and legal expenses if a client or other non-employee is injured at your office. Many commercial landlords require businesses to secure this policy.

This policy provides liability coverage at your office related to:

Save money and increase your coverage by bundling policies

Small consulting businesses can often find savings by bundling general liability insurance with commercial property insurance in a business owner’s policy. Businesses that are eligible for a BOP typically:

  • Have fewer than 100 employees
  • Have a small office or workplace
  • Make less than $1 million in annual revenue
  • Operate in a low-risk industry
  • Need less than 12 months of business interruption insurance

Talk to a licensed Insureon agent to find out if a BOP fits your consulting company.

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What coverage can general liability provide for consulting businesses?

Consultants provide a crucial service and, thanks to their expertise, can save other businesses a lot of money. However, consulting also comes with a fair amount of liability.

General liability insurance offers financial protection for consultants from some of the most significant risks associated with running a consulting firm, such as:

Third-party bodily injury

If clients visit your office, there’s a chance that someone could accidentally get hurt. If a client slips on a wet floor and breaks a wrist, your business might end up paying medical bills, plus legal expenses if the client sues. When there's an accident, general liability insurance covers:

  • Medical bills
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Court-ordered judgments
  • Settlements
  • Funeral expenses in fatal incidents

Note that this policy does not cover employee injuries. For that, you’ll need workers’ compensation insurance.

Third-party property damage

General liability insurance covers accidental damage to third-party property, including the cost of repair or replacement. For example, a general liability policy could cover expenses if a consultant at your firm trips and knocks over a client's monitor. This coverage applies to incidents both at your office and off-site.

Advertising injuries

When promoting your consulting business, it's possible to accidentally copy another company’s intellectual property. Accidental advertising injuries are covered by general liability insurance. This includes:

  • Defamation, both libel (written) and slander (spoken)
  • Copyright infringement

If you create marketing materials or promote your business on social media, you'll want to include this protection.

How much does general liability insurance for consulting businesses cost?

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Consulting businesses that purchase through Insureon pay an average of $29 per month for general liability coverage, but you may pay more or less depending on your risks.

Insurance costs for consulting professionals are based on a few factors, including:

  • Consulting services offered
  • Business equipment and property
  • Revenue
  • Location
  • Number of employees

Other important policies for consultants

While general liability insurance covers the most common risks of a consulting company, it does not provide absolute protection. Other policies to consider include:

Professional liability insurance covers legal costs related to business mistakes or decisions that resulted in revenue loss and legal action by a client. It's sometimes referred to as errors and omissions insurance (E&O).

Workers' compensation insurance covers medical costs if a consultant suffers a work-related injury, such as tripping in the office and breaking a wrist. Most states require this coverage for businesses with employees.

Cyber liability insurance is important for businesses that handle personal information. It helps consulting firms recover from costly data breaches and cyberattack.

Commercial auto insurance covers the costs of an accident involving your consulting business's vehicle. Most states require this coverage for vehicles owned by a business.

Fidelity bonds reimburse you if an employee steals from a client. They are often required for client contracts.

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